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instead -- in terms of susie left is, this is something that came before the rules committee. and i want to thank ms. loftus for her participation in the discussion that was had at the rules committee. i was certainly very impressed with the presentation. the reason why it came out without a recommendation is because we did not want to have further discussion about the various issues with police oversight. i want to thank ms. loftus for reaching out and having that more in-depth discussion. i was very impressed with the conversation. i can see why so many of the people who are here and have appeared before the rules committee have come out to support her. one of the things that i was really impressed with, which i think goes to the core of what police/civilian oversight means is her understanding that at the end of the day, a police department is only as effective as it has the trust of the
community. and that is where civilian oversight comes in. to have that trust, sometimes you do have to ask tough questions and you do have to reach out to see what members of different communities -- and we have very diverse communities -- think about different issues. and i'm confident that ms. loftus will be the kind of police commissioner to make that happen. i am proud to support her nomination today. supervisor kim: at rules committee we have the pleasure of getting to hear intimately from various people that are being nominated to serve on our commissions and our bodies. it is a pleasure to see the caliber of candidates that we are able to appoint. i think susy loftus is definitely one of them. i want to express my support for ms. loftus today. i believe you are here with two of your daughters? just one of her three daughters.
she is a public-school parents. and i think it is important for a woman to be on the police commission. she is a san francisco native and someone who works in the southeast sector where we do see a lot of violent, and who works with our young people. having someone with that balance on the police commission will be incredibly important. we have a long discussion about what the civilian oversight role of the police commission that came out of the rules committee, i think that has sparked some interesting conversations. but i was very impressed by some of the ideas that ms. loftus has brought. including some of our non-pilot crimes, whether it is white collar -- non-violent crimes, whether its white-collar crime or others, we can concentrate our efforts on those. all of those things are incredibly important to our community members. i'm proud to support her today.
supervisor olague: i also want to echo my support for ms. loftus. we support -- we receive a lot of e-mail from members of the district. particularly in the valley where we are well-known and popular. i think that we, that was the only issue that outpaced the number of deals that we receive on parking. that was a big thing, to actually read letters that had to do with more than that. if you did not already know, i just wanted to let you know that you are well respected in the valley community. it was overwhelming to see the number of females that we received in support of you. -- the number of e-mails we received in support of you. i'm sure there will be no problem getting you through this process. congratulations in advance. president chiu: unless there any
other speakers on the roster, let's take a roll-call vote. supervisor avalos: aye. supervisor campos: aye. president chiu: aye. supervisor chu: aye. supervisor cohen: aye. supervisor elsbernd: aye. supervisor farrell: aye. supervisor kim: aye. supervisor mar: aye. supervisor olague: aye. supervisor weiner: aye. there are 11 ayes. president chiu: the motion is approved. congratulations, commissioners. [applause] colleagues, why don't we skip over our 3:00 p.m. special order for a few minutes from now we do have -- from now. we do have colleague recommendations at 3:30 p.m., and i think most folks know that our special recommendations
at 4:00 p.m. will be continued later. at this time, roll call introduction. >> supervisor avalos, your first. ok. supervisor mar. supervisor mar: thank you. i wanted to thank the mayor's office and the department for a very generous contribution that allows us to expand electric vehicle charging stations. also, from google and from column technology as well for expanding our electrical vehicle capacity in the city and making sure we're part of a regional network in the electric vehicles. i also wanted to briefly announce that some 20 years ago today on may day, 1982, the
asia-pacific american labor alliance was born. i was -- i am proud to be one of the early members. it also was a time of turmoil within the labor movement, but i wanted to thank some of our former leaders, like beverly, our founding president, can't long as well. -- kent long as well. i also wanted to alert people that in the richmond district we are holding a committee of the festival on saturday, may 12th, from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. i have been coasting this with many different community health groups and a number of other health institutions. we're hoping to have health care
workers from uaw and senior organizations with as to promote free checkups and eating healthy in our neighborhoods. but also, free food from the vegetarian society and other groups as well. we hope you will join as on the -- this saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. there are activities coming up a little bit later. one is a great event organized by young workers united on 3158 mission street at 6:00 p.m. this evening to honor young workers in our city. thank you president chiu: i want to take a moment to welcome back to the chamber former supervisors michael yaqui and brown over here. i would also like to introduce a hearing request. i want to thank supervisors kim
and winner for their co spotter's chip -- coe sponsorship for fiscal years 2013 as well as 2013-14 pierpont -- 2013-14. our charter charges collection of all relevant information for the assessment of policies, budget, and priority programs for the use of san francisco -- of the use of san francisco. given that this year is the first year that requires a two- year budget from general fund departments, our youth commission has adopted a set of eight budget priorities. it includes the training of new
police officers as well as lgbt q said the city training. -- sensitivity training. i would like to ask that this hearing be held at the budget and finance committee to help inform our board's deliberations on the upcoming budget. the rest of the items i will submit. >> thank you, mr. president. supervisor olague keep. supervisor olague: a hearing to assess the current systems and policies for existing survivors. families that experienced loss of a family member and the co- sponsors are supervisors cohen and campos. >> thank you, supervisor olague th.
supervisor elsbernd. supervisor elsbernd: thank you, madam clerk. happy international workers' day. i am proud on this day to introduce legislation, an ordinance that essentially string bands some of our efforts to combat wage staffed -- theft by trading a wage theft task force in san francisco. i would like to thank supervisor mar, supervisor chu, supervisor avalos, supervisor campos and supervisor olague. we unanimously created and passed last year legislation and enhances the powers of office labor standards when it comes to white -- fighting wage theft. this task force will address
legislative solutions that may be needed to address wage that and whether or not additional studies or research or data is required, and also will provide an opportunity for city departments, worker advocates and responsible businesses to coordinate their efforts to combat wage that in san francisco. national and local studies show that wage that remains a pervasive problem, a problem that causes harm to workers, the government, and responsible businesses. when an employer skirts and employment laws, he or she denies it an employee's right to earn a fair wage. they also wrap -- rob government of much needed tax revenue. and they also gain an unfair competitive advantage over businesses that are actually following the law and the rules. this legislation would make sure that we as a city have a
more coordinated effort to combat wage staffed. -- wage theft. i also want to thank the workers alliance for helping to create this piece of legislation, for their consistent advocacy on behalf of workers, and on behalf of the small businesses and many businesses in this city that are playing by the rules. i also want to thank the chamber of commerce for their comments on this legislation. i also want to thank the golden gate restaurant association that work with us on this legislation. and i also want to thank the office of labor standards enforcement for their comments and suggestions. later on, i will be recognizing two workers on this international workers' day, two workers from district 9. and lastly, let me just make a brief couple comments about an incident that happened in my
district last night. it is actually coming out of the mostly peaceful demonstration that started in district 8 at the lawrence park. a large number of people were gathered and most individuals involved were peaceful. unfortunately, a small number of people went against that and actually engaged in vandalism along the valencia street corridor. even though all of us here support free speech and we support peaceful assembly and the peaceful and exercise of free expression, it is unfortunate when something like that turned violent. it has unintended consequences. the people that were there rightly demonstrating some of the changes in the system. but the battle that ensued with actually hurting many of the
people that i'm sure they were not intending to hurt. many of the small businesses that were vandalized are barely struggling to survive. i had a conversation with a young woman who was filing a police report at the mission police station whose car had been vandalized and her tires had been punctured. the woman had just been laid off. she was explaining how because of the fact that her car had been vandalized, now she will have to spend hundreds of dollars that she does not have to fix that. it is unfortunate and our heart goes out to the victims. i also want to thank the rest of the community that has united behind in response to what happened, as well as the police department and other agencies that have set -- responded to this incident. the rest i submit. >> thank you. the first supervisor cohen and
then supervisor wiener. i want to -- supervisor cohen: i want to express my support for supervisor campos's statement about the ban the like -- vandalizing of the car as well as the police station. i hope that they will all be brought to swift justice. today, introducing a resolution co-sponsored by supervisors olague and composts -- campos organizing an effort that is under way to present the u.s. says harvey milk. bob dole mayor of san diego has made a request of the secretary of the navy to name the ship after supervisor milk, a with a navy veteran who served in the
korean war. given the history of lgbt people in our military, the exclusion and oppression, and given the recent repeal of the don't ask, don't tell law, we now have an opportunity to have our military fully embrace lgbt people, who have always served in the military since the beginning of our country. i can think of no more appropriate way of doing that than christening a vessel after harvey milk, who was one of the great leaders in lgbt history. i hope we will all be able to support this unanimously next week. the rest i submit. >> seeing no other names on the roster, betting -- that concludes roll-call for introduction. president chiu: what do we go to general comments. >> the next item on the agenda is the opportunity for the public to comment for up to two
minutes for items of jurisdiction to the board to include those things on the regular calendar. discussion is not allowed on things that have already been before the committee. if a member of the public would like a document to be displayed on the overhead projector, please indicate as such. president chiu: first speaker, please. please step up if you want to speak in general comment. lineup on the right-hand side of the chamber facing us. put that on the screen act sfgov.org. thank you for displaying it. >> who is he that condemneth? it is a crisis that died. yae, rather, that has risen
again. they asked mccain about his faith and he said that is a private matter. he has always said that is a private matter. by you know, religion is a public matter. jesus said that whoever will confess me before men -- that is pretty public, is it? whoever will confess before men, him will i confess before my father in heaven. and whoever will the 94 men, and lowlights also denied before -- >> and they ask obama about religion and he did not say much, either. when asked about homosexuality or gay marriage is the technical term, he said he is not so concerned about some obscure old testament passage, but i prefer the sermon on the mound.
he shot himself in both feet on that one. in leviticus, it is very plain. under the law of moses, there was swift justice. he is for that. on the day of judgment, it will be dreadful. it really is absolutely dreadful. if we go to the sermon on the mount, you would be put to death and he shall be thought were the. -- worthy. [chime] president chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> former member of the san
francisco board of supervisors, author of the charter amendment that created the mta. regarding the central subway, i am not going to recite why we need it. i just want to stress from my own ability to speak on this, having worked on the full funding agreements, they return back. and for this, it is important to note that you are simply providing an assurance to the federal government that you will fulfil the obligations. it is extremely important for one specific reason. anyone that thinks for a second that money can go anywhere else
does not know the federal government at all. if there is no full-funding agreement, it will magically appear in the operating budget in the rehabilitation budget. it is new start money. it is going to go to alabama, tennessee, arkansas, anywhere but here. keep the project moving, it is a great project for the city. as a side comment, as much as it is a great project, be careful and responsible for the businesses that are being displaced the suffering from the construction that is going on and understand what they are going through. and nevertheless, moving this project forward. president chiu: next speaker.
>> my name is peter hartman, a community advisory group. i am here to speak about item 49. i can't stay. the previous speaker sums it up quite well. i have been serving on the community advisory group for a number of years now, and it has been one series of hearings after another. we just need to move it a little closer. we can move this forward, to echo the speaker before this, it is a great project for the city. it will be an infrastructure
project. please approve and let's move it forward. >> supervisors, i am a member of the community advisory group. i want to speak in support of the insurance funding for the central subway project. this project has been well- managed and is a strong track record for maintaining the state funding to complete the financing. i wanted to speak for this funding. thank you. >> i hope they get the astronauts program back.
i thought this good and -- this was good for the pawn stars tv show. san francisco is really old. and i thought for the ethics commission, i might sell one of the best selling singles of all time. ♪ yester-ethics-day, love was such an easy game to play ♪ ♪ i believe a sheriff yesterday i did something wrong now i long for yester-she riff's-day ♪ somebody mentioned this.
>> i want to thank our authorities in washington for the episode dealing with senator don edwards. the only thing i have to say is which one in front of you will be the next john edwards. ask yourself the question when you are shaving each morning or brushing your teeth each morning. i want to thank law enforcement for what was announced at cleveland. it can easily happen in san francisco. we have to be ever vigilant. it because we can't afford any mistakes. when you count of the dead bodies, it is a big mistake. i am saddened about the canceled
committee meetings here in san francisco. are we getting anything out of it? one particular committee has my attention, and it goes by the saying of getting three lawyers together. i would like to say that davy jones, we are still waiting for that little piece of paper. the longer it takes, they are going to wake. there will be no excuses when it becomes a national issue. sooner or later, ask yourself why certain musicians want to boycott the city of san francisco. it will come to the inevitable conclusion that they are sympathizers to that old white man and davy jones of the monkeys. we know who is responsible for the waiting game we are playing.
it is not fun and games for the widow. >> good afternoon, a board of supervisors. i am from the chinatown transportation research and improvement project. we were found in the early 19 seventies. the first thing i like to address, has anybody taken the 30, 45, or 8 buses? chinatown is a low-income neighborhood. this is by necessity, not choice. the second thing i like to point out, it is not just a shuttle from chinatown to downtown, it is a completion of the t line.
low-8income -- low-income people are dependent on public transit. the subway will connect people to jobs, schools, recreation, and much more. there is also strong support at the federal level for this. he administrator expressed strong support for the merit of this project. he explains is the best solution for the densely packed corridor. the understand the strong need for the subway. please make his dream come true, show support for the chinatown community. >> i have no song for you today. but i am with the operating engineers, we are the union that operate the heavy equipment that will be needed to complete